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Flights to Durban have increased in popularity as it grows to rival Africa’s top destinations in the beauty and culture stakes.

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Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.

You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, teenagers, children and infants.

Each adult passenger can bring one infant.

Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.

  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filippino Workers (OFW), children and infants.
  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to avail the tax exemption.
  • Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filippino Workers (OFWs), teenagers, children and infants.
  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to avail the tax exemption.
  • Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
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Flights to Durban

Downtown Durban is a metropolis, but it's easy to escape the bustle when you want to; all it takes is a stroll down the Golden Mile that hugs the beach. Breathing in that fresh sea air while watching surfers and sunbathers is the perfect tonic.

Sporty types and lovers of the outdoors board flights to Durban, or Durbs, as the locals refer to it, for its beaches and golf courses. You can also dive into the Indian Ocean with a scuba school and explore the deep. Durban has plenty of family-friendly activities too, from exploring the surrounding wildlife or visiting an attraction such as uShaka Marine World, one of the world’s largest aquariums.

Durban is also one of the best places to experience Zulu food and culture, with Zulus making up more than half the population of the city. It makes for an eclectic experience and it's great for unique gift shopping. Plus, thanks to its large Indian population, you can easily find great culinary treats such as the Durban specialty ‘bunny chow’ – a fast food dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry.

The suburbs of Durban are worth exploring as they showcase the colonial whitewashed buildings with charming balconies in leafy surroundings. Here, you will find hidden gems such as community cafes and delis. For example, head to the gentrified area of Morningside for its restaurants, entertainment and Edwardian and Victorian period homes.

With a vibrant music and arts scene, there are also plenty of places to catch a variety of live performances across Durban, although the majority of nightlife venues are located by the Golden Mile. Many Durban theatres stage local and national productions; in particular, check out the National Playhouse on Smith Street.

What to do in Durban

Stroll or bike the Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is always packed with walkers, runners and cyclists taking advantage of the wide walkway and the views, with beach lovers making the most of the Indian Ocean. Located on the edge of the city’s business district, there are places to grab a drink or snack. You can also take a tour with a bike rental company.

Golden Mile
St Helena Bay
7390

Visit KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts

With more than 100 years of history, this well-respected gallery showcases the talent of local and international artists. As a non-profit organisation there are plenty of community-orientated programmes. The exhibition spaces are eclectic and host some fascinating works.

166 Bulwer Road
Glenwood
+27 31 277 1705

Catch a wave

Solid swells mean it’s no surprise surfing in Durban is massively popular. There are lots of great beaches in the city including Bay of Plenty and New Pier, while the north has spots such as Ballito or Umhlanga. If you have never tried surfing or want to improve, book a lesson with a company like Learn 2 Surf.

Learn 2 Surf
4001
+27 83 41 40 567

Where to eat in Durban

Butcher Boys (Steakhouse)

Locals flock here to sample the best steak in the city. The Butcher’s Combo section of the menu is ideal if you're feeling indecisive, while the toppings, sauces and sides are another reason to rejoice in this meat eater’s haven.

170 Florida Road
Morningside
4001
+27 31 312 8248

Harvey’s (South African)

A staple of Durban’s dining scene for more than 20 years, Harvey’s still delights with its creative dishes and theatrical interior. The award-winning restaurant serves up treats such as seafood casserole in a truffle cream, and the lounge is a trendy destination. Expect celebrity sightings and well-heeled folk.

Shop 13
Umhlanga Centre
189 Ridge Road
+27 31 561 4977

Curry Okies (Indian)

This place has some of the best examples of ‘bunny chow’ in town, and the Indian flatbreads are also worth a try. Perfect for a quick bite on the go, Curry Okies is quickly gaining a loyal following of fast food fans.

Shop 135 Oxford Village
Old Main Road
Hillcrest
3650
+27 31 765 2256

Places to stay in Durban

African Pride Audacia Manor

African Pride is a restored colonial mansion with views of the ocean and the Golden Mile. Hang out at the impressive pool or choose a room with a Jacuzzi to unwind. With its old-school charm and service, plus modern facilities like the Ascot Conference Room, this is South African hospitality at its best.

11 Sir Arthur Road
Morningside
4001
+27 31 303 9520

The Benjamin

With its convenient setting near a multitude of shops and restaurants, this beautifully presented boutique hotel is perfect for foodies and shoppers. The rooms are spacious and classically done, plus there's Wi-Fi throughout the property – a bit of a rarity in the city.

141 Florida Road
Morningside
4001
+27 31 303 4233

Smith’s Cottage

Budget-friendly Smith's Cottage is popular with backpackers and self-catering travellers, thanks to its clean rooms, quiet setting and pleasant owners. It's not a typically rowdy hostel; you will be able to relax while gaining invaluable local knowledge from owners Pat and Keith.

5 Mount Argus Road
Umgeni Heights
4051
+27 31 564 6313

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